Sweden has failed to integrate the large number of immigrants it has received in the last two decades, resulting in the creation of parallel societies and gang violence, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Thursday.
Numerous Swedes were surprised and shocked by the riots earlier this month, in which more than 100 police officers were injured.
Violence erupted after the burning of the Koran at a rally organized by Swedish-Danish extremist politician Rasmus Paludan and his announcement that he would hold rallies in immigrant neighborhoods.
In Malmö, in mid-April, protests erupted, and garbage cans, cars, and shops were set on fire. Angry protesters threw stones and pyrotechnics at the police.
Andersson: We live in the same country, but in completely different realities
“Segregation has been allowed to go so far that we now have parallel societies in Sweden. We live in the same country, but in completely different realities,” Andersson said.
The number of people born abroad in Sweden has doubled to two million in the last two decades, making up a fifth of the population.
Andersson’s Social Democrats have been in power for 28 of the last 40 years, including the last eight.
Andersson is now introducing a series of measures to discourage young immigrants from joining gangs and is trying to get them off the streets and keep them in school for as long as possible.
She pointed out that Sweden had a huge influx of immigrants but that measures to integrate foreigners were insufficient.
“Society was very weak, as were resources for police and social services,” she added.
Following a large influx of immigrants from the Middle East in 2015, Sweden has significantly tightened its immigration policy.
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